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On Bullsh*t

This book is ranked #47 on Amazon. On BullshitDescription of book from publisher: One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern.

Book Reviews

I was reading the reviews on Amazon of the book "Friday" that was written by Robert Heinlein. The main character in the book is a courier for a secret organization. She is captured in the first part of the book and her captors use rape as an interrogation method. Several of the people that reviewed the book mention the rape scene.For example:Twenty pages into the novel she tells us that gang-rape comes with the dangerous territory of being a courier(!), so she might as well enjoy it as much as possible (?!?!).The treatment of the rape is insulting. Not only does she feel totally fine about it (even marrying one of her rapists later) but then she cries when she gets lost in the woods or when she BURNED POTATOES. At that point I threw the novel around the room a few times and swore not to read anymore, but it was about 200 pages in, so...
I don't believe the book truly suggest that she enjoys the rape. My take on this section of the book is that as a trained intelligence agent she is attempting to manipulate her captors. But read the section and see what you think.Here is the rape scene from the book
But why waste time by raping me? This whole operation had amateurish touches. No professional group uses either beating or rape before interrogation today; there is no profit in it; any professional is trained to cope with either or both. For rape she (or he-I hear it's worse for males) can either detach the mind and wait for it to be over, or (advanced training) emulate the ancient Chinese adage.

Or, in place of method A or B, or combined with B if the agent's histrionic ability is up to it, the victim can treat rape as an opportunity to gain an edge over her captors. I'm no great shakes as an actress but I try and, while it has never enabled me to turn the tables on unfriendlies, at least once it kept me alive.

This time method C did not affect the outcome but did cause a little healthy dissension. Four of them (my estimate from touch and body odors) had me in one of the upstairs bedrooms. It may have been my own room but I could not be certain as I had been unconscious for a while and was now dressed (solely) in adhesive tape over my eyes. They had me on a mattress on the floor, a gang bang with minor sadism. . . which I ignored, being very busy with method C.

In my mind I called them "Straw Boss" (seemed to be in charge), "Rocks" (they called him that-rocks in his head, probably), "Shorty" (take that either way), and "the other one" as he did not have distinctive characteristics.

I worked on all of them-method acting, of course-reluctant, have to be forced, then gradually your passion overcomes you; you just can't help yourself. Any man will believe that routine; they are suckers for it-but I worked especially hard on Straw Boss as I hoped to achieve the status of teacher's pet or some such. Straw Boss wasn't so bad; methods B and C combined nicely.

But I worked hardest on Rocks because with him it had to be C combined with A; his breath was so foul. He wasn't too clean in other ways, too; it took great effort to ignore it and make my responses flattering to his macho ego.

After he became flaccid he said, "Mac, we're wasting our time. This slut enjoys it."
"So get out of the way and give the kid another chance. He's ready."
"Not yet. I'm going to slap her around, make her take us seriously." He let me have a big one, left side of my face. I yelped.
"Cut that out!" -Straw Boss's voice.
"Who says so? Mac, you're getting too big for your britches."
"I say so." It was a new voice, very loud-amplified-from the sound-system speaker in the ceiling, no doubt. "Rocky, Mac is your squad leader, you know that. Mac, send Rocky to me; I want a word with him."
"Major, I was just trying to help!"
"You heard the man, Rocks," Straw Boss said quietly. "Grab your pants and get moving."
Suddenly the man's weight was no longer on me and his stinking breath was no longer in my face. Happiness is relative.
The voice in the ceiling spoke again: "Mac, is it true that Miss Friday simply enjoys the little ceremony we arranged for her?"
"It's possible, Major," Straw Boss said slowly. "She does act like it."
"How about it, Friday? Is this the way you get your kicks?"
I didn't answer his question. Instead I discussed him and his family in detail, with especial attention to his mother and sister. If I had told him the truth-that Straw Boss would be rather pleasant under other circumstances, that Shorty and the other man did not matter one way or the other, but that Rocks was an utter slob whom I would cancel at the first opportunity-it would have blown method C.

"The same to you, sweetie," the voice answered cheerfully. "I hate to disappoint you but I'm a crèche baby. Not even a wife, much less a mother or a sister. Mac, put the cuffs on her and throw a blanket over her. But don't give her a shot; I'll be talking to her later."

Amateur. My boss would never have alerted a prisoner to expect interrogation.
"Hey, crèche baby!"
"Yes, dear?"
I accused him of a vice not requiring a mother or a sister but anatomically possible-so I am told-for some males. The voice answered, "Every night, hon. It's very soothing."
So mark one up for the Major. I decided that, with training, he could have been a pro. Nevertheless he was a bloody amateur and I didn't respect him. He had wasted one, maybe two, of his ables, caused me unnecessarily to suffer bruises, contusions, and multiple personal indignities-even heartbreaking ones had I been an untrained female-and had wasted two hours or more. If my boss had been doing it, the prisoner would have spilled his/her guts at once and spent those two hours spouting her fullest memoirs into a recorder.

So after reading the section and for those of you that have read the whole book what do you think? I don't think that this section indicates that she enjoyed the rape but was attempting to manipulate her captors.
Opposing viewpoints?

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Science Friction

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Joe's Books

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Joe's Bookstore

In a previous post I asked people to contemplate what they considered to be a perfect bookstore. I called this perfect bookstore "Joe's Books" and asked what things the perfect bookstore would have. One person responded with the following I would also like for a place for people in the community to be able to post their suggestions of what is a good 'read'. The sales staff at the local big box book retailer has their employees do that and I would prefer to have just the regular folks opinions, not just what the clerks think they should push at the moment.

Book Lover's / Librarian's Watch

I found this watch on Amazon while searching for books related to librarianship. Librarian / Book Lover Watch with Handcrafted Miniature

Rule of Four

I was out book shopping and I found a solid copy of "The Rule of Four" for $2. It is a hardcover with no dustjacket. If your goal is to have a very solid reading copy this is a good book. I remember someone commenting on LISNEWS that they were looking for this book. If anyone would like it I will sell it for the $2 I bought it for plus $2 for shipping via media mail. Shipping for a hardback book should be $1.86. Just drop me an email if you are interested in purchasing this book.

Hard Case Crime

There is a new series of books out called "The Hard Case Crime Series". The series is republishing some classic pulp fiction and getting current writers to write some books for the series.

Nightwork

The book Nightwork is about the history of hacking at MIT. Before the term hacking became associated with computers, MIT undergraduates used it to describe any activity that took their minds off studying, suggested an unusual solution to a technical problem, or generally fostered nondestructive mischief.

Censorship

I was browsing for books at the thrift store and came across a work of historical fiction called A Cold Day in Hell. I was thumbing through the book and I noticed where something was scratched out. Someone had marked out a word with a blue pen. Looking close you could see that the word was goddamn. Flipping through the rest of the book it looked like the reader had marked through every other use of this word. I find this interesting on a few levels.

Pacific Clipper

Title: PACIFIC CLIPPER (Book)
Author: Albert S. J. Tucker Jr., et al
ISBN: 0970965818

Book club edition???

I hoping someon know the answer to this. I have two copies of the same book. One is a book club edition and one is the original printing from Dutton. Both books are 304 pages. If you set the books on top of each other they are the same dimensions. The wording on each page is identical. If you flip to page 99 it is the exact same wording in each book.

Independent Bookstores

Robert Reich in an article in the New York Times called "Don't Blame Wal-Mart" made this comment, "The problem is, the choices we make in the market don't fully reflect our values as workers or as citizens. I didn't want our community bookstore in Cambridge, Mass., to close (as it did last fall) yet I still bought lots of books from Amazon.com."

Copyright and Ward Churchill

Interesting story on Ward Churchill and violation of copyright. I knew Ward was a cheesball when I first saw his faculty photo.

Selling Books

I signed up for a pro-merchant account at Amazon and started selling books on line in mid-February. Now it is nearing the end of February and my sales have been pretty good. These are the books I have sold so far. It is fun to be a bookseller and connecting people with the books they want to read.
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Naomi Wolf Bookmark

I was in the thrift store the other day shopping for books and I came across, "The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women" by Naomi Wolf. I found a piece of paper that was stuck in the book that I think was ironic considering the title of the book. Scan of piece of paper can be found here. I purchased the book just for the humor value of the book with the ironic bookmark.

Booksfree

I found a website that is a NetFlix for books. The site is http://www.booksfree.com/ According to the FAQ they have 40,000 books to choose from and their cheapest subscription rate is $7.99 for 2 books a month. Any lisnews people subscribe to this service? What do you think about it?

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